Olympic Games 2016

August 6-21, 2016, Fort Copacabana, Rio, Road - JO

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of the men's road race at the Olympic Games in Rio

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  1. 08:50:53 BRT

    The Olympic Games were declared open last night and the cycling events are already underway with the men's road race first up in around 40 minutes. The full start list can be found here

  2. 08:53:22 BRT

    The Rio road race has been touted at the most challenging in Olympic history. There is no doubt that it's going to be an arduous day out there, with heat and humidity to contend with out there as well as the climbing. We can expect the race to be really broken up with only a small group, if a group at all, making it to the finish. 

  3. 08:56:46 BRT

    This is what the riders can expect to face, including a few cobbles.

     

    2016 Rio Olympic Games Men Road Race Profile

     

  4. 09:01:15 BRT

    At the London Games, there was lots of issues with timing. The organisers cited excessive use of twitter out on course. We're hoping we have some better luck today but the stopwatch is at the ready just in case. 30-minute call for the start!

     

  5. 09:07:29 BRT

    The Olympic road race is unlike any other bike race throughout the season. With no more than five riders per team, it is very difficult to control and almost anything can happen. There are a long list of potential contenders, including Spain's Alejandro Valverde, Tour de France champion Chris Froome, and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali. We tried to condense the list of contenders into 10 and you can see who we picked right here

     

  6. 09:14:39 BRT

    Russian cyclist Alexey Kurbatov was a late edition to the road race start list yesterday. He has taken Ilnur Zakarin's place. Zakarin was cleared to race, along with many more Russian athletes, but the call came too late for him to travel. Read the full story here

     

  7. 09:22:32 BRT

    The Olympics are always a chance to spot some interesting kit designs. There have been plenty good and bad for Rio 2016, but perhaps the best is Denmark's retro-look kit design sported here by Jakob Fuglsang. 

     

     

     

     

  8. 09:25:27 BRT

    We're just minutes away from the start of the race and most of the riders are already lined-up on the beachfront.

     

  9. 09:28:55 BRT

    Let us know who you think the medallists will be today by tweeting us on @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS

     

  10. 09:30:12 BRT

    UCI president Brian Cookson drops the flag to start the race and they're off. 

     

  11. 09:32:42 BRT

    Dutchman Tom Dumoulin is near the front of the bunch. He has made the start despite breaking his wrist at the Tour de France only a couple of weeks ago. Dutch media is reporting that he will abandon soon into the race to save himself for the time trial during the week. 

     

  12. 09:34:22 BRT

    It is the GB team that is spread across the front of the group at the moment as they make their way down the seafront and we wait for the action to start. 

     

  13. 09:35:32 BRT

    One GB rider that isn't up front is Adam Yates. He's dangling off the back at the moment having a little natter with his trade teammate Chris Juul-Jensen. The Irish-born Danish rider who moved to Orica this season. 

     

  14. 09:40:50 BRT

    The race is properly underway and there is a lot of movement on the front. Some of the smaller cycling nations thinking about forming an attack very early on. The pace has strung the bunch out.

     

  15. 09:43:28 BRT

    A group of six have a small gap on the peloton but they don't make much headway. They continue to wind their way down the coast. 

     

  16. 227km remaining from 237.5km

    09:46:13 BRT

    Most of the Spanish team are sitting at the back of the bunch for now, as is Dumoulin. How far will he go into the race?

     

  17. 09:48:27 BRT

    A problem for one of the Turkish riders. He got squeezed up against the barriers and the incident seems to have dislodged his handlebars somewhat. He takes some time to get going again. 

     

  18. 09:49:55 BRT

    Tony Martin now pushing the pace on the front of the peloton. Germany don't have an outright favourite for this race so they will want a very tough race. 

     

  19. 09:50:57 BRT

    Dumoulin has decided to call it quits after just over 10km. He waits patiently on the side of the road for his team car. Or maybe he's waiting for the traffic to clear so he can ride back to the start. 

     

  20. 09:52:49 BRT

    Geschke takes over from his German teammate and keeps up this very high pace as the bunch negotiates a hairpin bend. One of the Swiss riders struggles to keep up with Geschke and overcooks the corner. 

     

  21. 09:54:00 BRT

    Geschke's tempo forces a split and he has taken two with him. One of those is Kwiatkowski. They sit up a little as they wait for a few more riders to join the fore. 

     

  22. 09:55:11 BRT

    The leading group has six riders in it. Kwiatkowski, Geschke, Bystrom, Albasini are all in there. It also looks like Miguel Angel Lopez is in the group, along with one of the Russians. 

     

  23. 09:57:09 BRT

    Sorry it is Pantano that is representing Colombia in that group. The Russian is Pavel Kochetkov. While Petr Vakoc tries to bridge across. 

     

  24. 09:57:45 BRT

    The peloton looks pretty happy with this and they've knocked off the pace all of a sudden. 

     

  25. 09:59:47 BRT

    The gap has balooned to 54 seconds. Vakoc is not making much ground and is being pulled back to the bunch. 

     

  26. 10:03:06 BRT

    Vakoc is back with the group. Behind, there is a mechanical problem for Laurens de Plus and he has to come to a halt to have it fixed by a mechanic. There isn't too much worry with the peloton taking it very easy for now. 

     

  27. 10:08:10 BRT

    It's an interesting tactic from Poland to send Kwiatkowski up the road in the early break. They've got two cards to play with Kwiatkowski and Rafal Majka, and they're obviously banking on Majka being the stronger of the two if this comes all back together before the finish. 

     

  28. 10:12:01 BRT

    In answer to that last question. Unlike the other races throughout the season, not all teams will have their own vehicle. Bigger nations such as Italy, the Netherland and Great Britain will but smaller nations such as Namibia - who only has one entry - will share with others. Namibia is actually sharing with the Dominican Republic and the USA. 

     

  29. 10:17:19 BRT

    After most of the peloton has been off for a comfort break, Spain decides to speed things up a little. Castroviejo is riding tempo at the front as Wout Poels drops back to his team car for a quick chat. 

     

  30. 10:20:22 BRT

    Notification in that we had one DNS today and that was the German Max Levy. It is no surprise really as Levy is intended for the track competition. 

     

  31. 10:23:32 BRT

    The leaders are briefly descending along the coast as they approach the first, shorter climb of the day. Their advantage is now a whopping 7:51.

     

  32. 10:25:48 BRT

    It is coming up to 10:30 local time and it is already a hot 31 degrees Celcius. There's not much of a sea breeze to help them at the moment. 

     

  33. 10:27:19 BRT

    The leaders have just gone over a cobbled sector and while it's not quite the Arenberg Forrest they are a bit gnarly. It could cause some riders a little bit of trouble. 

     

  34. 194km remaining from 237.5km

    10:29:12 BRT

    There are some tarmacked sections next to these cobbles and the riders quickly avail of it while it lasts. The breakaway still working very well together. 

     

  35. 10:33:17 BRT

    The peloton turn away from the coast as they begin to climb. Garmany and the Netherlands give Spain and Italy a hand at the front. In the break it is Michael Albasini that lead them up the ascent with Pantano at the back. 

     

  36. 10:34:41 BRT

    Crash as the peloton go onto the cobbles. It is Ahmet Örken of Turkey that has hit the deck. A few riders have to take to the dirt on the side of those part of the sector to avoid coming down. 

     

  37. 191km remaining from 237.5km

    10:35:13 BRT

    A mechanical problem for Richie Porte, his chain has bounced off over the cobbles. 

     

  38. 10:36:29 BRT

    A small group of riders brave enough to stick with the cobbles but most of the peloton jump onto that minute bit of tarmac on the right side of the road before rejoining soon after. 

     

  39. 10:39:14 BRT

    There are some riders already off the back of the bunch. Tim Wellens is one of those who is chasing back on. Wellens should be one of Belgium's wildcard options today, if he can make it back.

     

  40. 10:41:16 BRT

    The peloton is on one of the toughest sections of the first climb. This punch affair has gradients of up to 18 per cent. 

     

  41. 10:42:51 BRT

    Screeching of brakes from the TV moto as it tries to keep up with the riders on the descent of this climb. It's narrow and twisty, and generally just very difficult. 

     

  42. 184km remaining from 237.5km

    10:45:30 BRT

    There are some big cross winds on this flat section of road and there are riders losing touch. No echelons just yet but the bunch has started to string out. 

     

  43. 10:47:41 BRT

    Almost 50km into the day and the riders pick up some food from the soigneurs stationed around the course. 

  44. 10:50:12 BRT

    The gap has dropped down a bit to 6:57. The peloton has been putting in a concerted effort since they hit the circuit. 

     

  45. 10:55:41 BRT

    The Colombian representation in the breakaway, Jarlinson Pantano was a late inclusion into the Olympics. He got the call up when Nairo Quintana decided to pull out in order to rest up after the Tour de France. Pantano enjoyed a very successful Tour de France, winning stage 15 to Culoz after an exciting battle with Rafal Majka. 

     

  46. 10:58:02 BRT

    Spain, Italy and Great Britain are sharing the effort on the front with Castorviejo, De Marchi and Stannard. Behind those three is the remainder of the Great Britain team, ensuring that they stay safe in case of a crash. 

     

  47. 175km remaining from 237.5km

    10:58:53 BRT

    Another huge chunk taken out of the advantage over the peloton. After peaking at almost 8 minutes, it is down to 5:35.

     

  48. 11:03:47 BRT

    The Olympic Games are very strict when it comes to sponsorship. Athletes are not allowed to wear anything that has a visible logo not officially affiliated to the Olympics. For cyclists, they are however allowed to ride the bikes of their trade teams. Bike manufacturers have taken advantage of that and have gone for some stand-out colour schemes. Specialized opted for a torch-themed colour scheme that changes colour in the heat. You can take a look at that here

     

  49. 170km remaining from 237.5km

    11:06:20 BRT

    Onto the second of four laps and the leaders are back on the cobbles. Their advantage is still coming down and they're going to struggle to keep the peloton at bay for the two laps after this if the pace continues like this. 

     

  50. 11:08:00 BRT

    Albasini loses a bottle and almost his chain as he bounces across the cobbles. This is not his normal terrain. 

     

  51. 168km remaining from 237.5km

    11:10:56 BRT

    A problem for Bystrom, he appears to be having gear issues. He looks like he's about to stop but he carries on. The leaders are back on the tarmac now as the peloton reach the cobbles and there are yet more mechanical problems for a litany of riders, including representation from Ireland and the Netherlands. 

     

  52. 11:12:05 BRT

    It's hard to tell but it looks like it might have been Mollema who was the Dutch rider on the side of the road trying to put his chain back on. 

     

  53. 11:13:19 BRT

    Bystrom gets a replacement bike and he's back on his way. It was actually a problem with his seatpost that was causing the issues. 

     

  54. 11:14:20 BRT

    A crash on the cobbles after a rider connects with some foliage on the side of the road. 

     

  55. 11:15:08 BRT

    • Puncture

    A puncture for Van Avermaet and he's waving at the commisaire madly to try and get the team car to come and help him. That's some bad luck for the Belgian. 

     

  56. 11:17:08 BRT

    It was Mollema that had an issue on the cobbles and after a long discussion with the team car, while on the move, he gets a new wheel. No sooner is he on his way that he has to stop again and takes a whole new bike. That is some very bad luck for the Dutchman and a lot of wasted energy with still a very long way to go. 

     

  57. 11:18:12 BRT

    Mollema now making his way back alone as the peloton begin the descent of this Grumari climb. Van Avermaet also chasing alone. 

     

  58. 161km remaining from 237.5km

    11:21:00 BRT

    Ivan Stevic gives Mollema a flick of the head and tells him to jump in his wheel. The Serbian tries to help him for as long as he can but Mollema is just too quick.

     

  59. 11:22:51 BRT

    As Mollema works his way through the cars, here is a beautiful picture of the peloton by Getty from earlier in the race.

     

     

  60. 11:24:13 BRT

    Mollema back onto the peloton now. The group is significantly smaller than it was when he left it. Many have been dropped on that last climb and will just be hoping to make it to the finish. 

     

  61. 11:27:58 BRT

    Cancellara has just paid a visit back to the team cars and is now making his way back up. Looks like it was just for refreshments and no problems for the Swiss man riding his final Olympic Games. 

     

  62. 156km remaining from 237.5km

    11:30:44 BRT

    The pace knocks off as the peloton passes through the feed zone. It is a bit chaotic as riders and helpers are all over the road. It's a miracle that everybody managed to stay upright.  

     

  63. 11:34:09 BRT

    Another bike change for Mollema as he takes his original bike back. Hopefully the issues with it have been fixed. 

     

  64. 11:35:34 BRT

    The latest time check for the six escapees is five minutes. 

     

  65. 150km remaining from 237.5km

    11:39:27 BRT

    If, and that's a big if, the breakaway do make it to the finish then Michael Albasini and Sven Erik Bystrom would fancy their chances. Bystrom is a former under-23 road race champion, after winning from a breakaway in Ponferrada in 2014. Albasini is the much more experienced head of those two with a stage win at the Vuelta a Espana, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie to his name.

     

  66. 11:41:29 BRT

    Despite the brief slowing in pace, the gap to the escapees continues to come down and has now dropped below the five-minute mark. The peloton is likely to try and keep them out front until around the finish of the final circuit with around 100km to go. 

     

  67. 11:44:15 BRT

    It's still the same three riders at the front of the peloton, Stannard, De Marchi and Castroviejo. The Netherlands and Australia are visible but they're sitting a few places back for now. 

     

  68. 11:45:23 BRT

    A slow-mo replay shows bottles flying out of bottle cages as the leaders hit the cobbles again. British TV was speculating earlier that the Olympic bidons were just a bit too small, which is why they appear to be popping out very easily on the pave. 

     

  69. 11:49:49 BRT

    We mentioned Valverde as one of the favourites for today's race. You can read some of his thoughts on today's race, here

     

  70. 143km remaining from 237.5km

    11:50:42 BRT

    More problems on the cobbles for the peloton. Lars Petter Nordhaug is one of the many to be forced to jump off and replace his chain. 

     

  71. 11:53:43 BRT

    It looks like Kiriyenka has climbed off. Not clear though. A slow-mo shot shows him taking his gloves off his swollen hands. The cobbles are always brutal on the hands. 

     

  72. 11:55:58 BRT

    These cobbles appear to be causing all sorts of saddle problems for the riders. Matej Mohoric has to go back to the team car to get his saddle height fixed. 

     

  73. 11:58:06 BRT

    Still 139km to go. Let us know your favourites for the medals by tweeting us on @Cyclingnewsfeed or @SadhbhOS

     

  74. 135km remaining from 237.5km

    12:03:44 BRT

    Just one lap left of this opening circuit followed by a flat section that brings the peloton to the second, much tougher circuit with the Vista Chinesa. 

     

  75. 12:06:37 BRT

    The effort in the breakaway seems a little more laboured now. Albasini is giving a good old grimace as he drives on the front of the group. 

     

  76. 132km remaining from 237.5km

    12:08:28 BRT

    The gap is still edging down but not at an alarming pace as the peloton comes in to complete the third lap of this circuit. 

     

  77. 12:09:06 BRT

    That gap is around 4:25 for the six leaders. 

     

  78. 12:13:12 BRT

    A front wheel puncture for Fabio Aru but he's quickly back on his bike. He's on one of the specially painted Specialized bikes. With the heat out there is it all yellow. 

     

  79. 12:14:40 BRT

    Specialized is not the only manufacturer to have gone for a spacial paint scheme. Canyon has also done one and you can see that here

     

  80. 126km remaining from 237.5km

    12:16:27 BRT

    Aru adopts that now common top tube aero position as he chases back on. With very little effort and help from the draft of a team vehicle, he quickly makes it back to the bunch. 

     

  81. 123km remaining from 237.5km

    12:21:37 BRT

    The two riders in this breakaway that we are yet to talk about are Pavel Kochetkov and Simon Geschke. Kochetkov is one of three Russians riding the race with Alexey Kurbatov a late addition to their line-up. The 30-year-old has been riding for Katusha for the past three seasons and is the current Russian national champion. 

     

  82. 12:23:43 BRT

    Geschke is coming to the end of his eighth season with the Giant-Alpecin team. The biggest win of his career was a stage victory at last year's Tour de France where he beat Andrew Talasnky in a breakaway on Pra Loup. 

     

  83. 12:27:18 BRT

    Rodriguez is certainly a good option for today but he will have to take things into his own hands. If it comes down to a small group then it is his teammate Valverde that stands a much better option.

     

  84. 12:28:00 BRT

    Another problem on the cobbles for Porte. He had an issue on the first go around. It seems to be a problem with his chain and a teammate drops back to help him make it back.

     

  85. 12:29:24 BRT

    A terrible time to have a problem as the Czech Republic drops the hammer in the wind and the bunch has really split up. Thomas, Froome, Gilbert, Cancellara among those that have made the cut. 

     

  86. 118km remaining from 237.5km

    12:30:29 BRT

    Waiting to get a proper shot of the front group so we can see exactly who has made the cut and who has missed out. 

     

  87. 12:32:16 BRT

    Britain has three riders in that group, including Froome. No sight of Yates just yet. Majka appears to be there, as is Konig. Valverde, Nibali and the whole Dutch team missed the split but it appears to be coming back together. 

     

  88. 12:33:31 BRT

    The gap is now three minutes to our escapees while there is a dropped group that is around 50 seconds down. I assume Richie Porte is in that group behind but there has been no sighting of him just yet. 

     

  89. 12:35:20 BRT

    Cumming is really stringing this out but someone obviously says something to him and he slows down. 

     

  90. 114km remaining from 237.5km

    12:36:22 BRT

    Fourth time down that tricky descent and it has taken its first victim with one of the Iranian riders going straight on at a tight corner. 

     

  91. 12:37:12 BRT

    Cummings suddenly takes to the front again and splits things up again. He's taken around six or seven riders with him. 

     

  92. 12:39:01 BRT

    Roche, Thomas, Gilbert, Van Avermaet, Costa, Clarke, De Marchie and Phinney among those that have made the juncture. The move has put pressure on the other teams and France now setting the pace. 

     

  93. 12:40:30 BRT

    The little dig comes to nothing and it is all back together for now. Daniel Teklehaimanot sitting on the back of the bunch. 

     

  94. 110km remaining from 237.5km

    12:42:57 BRT

    The leaders complete the final lap of this first circuit and collect a bit more food. Kochetkov isn't happy with his sandwich fillings and he throws his arms up in disgust. 

     

  95. 12:44:06 BRT

    We hear Richie Porte has made it back to the peloton. That is good news for the Australian. He's had a lot of bad luck this season, particularly with mechanical problems. 

     

  96. 12:46:29 BRT

    Riders feeling the heat and Dan Craven choses to bin the contents of one of his bidons over his head. 

     

  97. 107km remaining from 237.5km

    12:47:57 BRT

    Tim Wellens struggling, perhaps paying for earlier efforts. Peols is also off the back and he's forced to chase back on. 

     

  98. 12:49:21 BRT

    I had Poels as my pick for today but he seems to be in trouble. The heat can do funny things to riders. 

     

  99. 12:51:11 BRT

    Cummings driving on and the gap to the escapees is just 1:48 now. In his wake is a string of riders desperately trying to keep up. 

     

  100. 12:52:29 BRT

    The British newspaper the Telegraph reporting that Chris Froome had to be reminded to sign-on just minutes before the start this morning. The Tour champion forgot about the formality and risked being chucked from the race. 

     

  101. 101km remaining from 237.5km

    12:54:47 BRT

    Fabian Cancellara has been keeping himself close to the front of the group for much of the race so far. The Swiss rider will have a tough time holding on over the second circuit. 

     

  102. 12:56:17 BRT

    The leaders hit the coast again as they approach the second circuit of the day. The gap is now just 1:47.

     

  103. 12:58:03 BRT

    Mechanical problem for Chris Froome. He remembers to collect his bottles and is given a new bike. He's got now teammates with him at the moment but he seems more interested in the contents of his musette rather than chasing back on. 

     

  104. 12:58:55 BRT

    Froome now has Thomas with him and Algeria's Youcef Reguigui. 

     

  105. 97km remaining from 237.5km

    12:59:44 BRT

    Cummings seems to have no knowledge of Froome's problems and he continues to set the pace in the peloton. 

     

  106. 13:02:19 BRT

    Froome and Thomas being paced back by a car. They've been behind that car for quite some time. Ordinarily, that would be quickly stopped by the commissaire but there doesn't seem to be anyone around so they carry on right up to the beck of the bunch.

     

  107. 13:03:05 BRT

    The pair could still find themselves in trouble after the race but that remains to be seen. 

     

  108. 91km remaining from 237.5km

    13:08:19 BRT

    Cummings finally peels off the front and Spain takes over again, They're got four riders up towards the front. Cummings is in the middle of their train, as is South Africa's Daryl Impey. 

     

  109. 13:10:00 BRT

    Wout Poels is back in this main group but he's right at the back. He's got Kruijswijk and Mollema for company back there on this flat section of road. 

     

  110. 13:11:54 BRT

    Italy has also formed a train behind Spain with Nibali near the front of that train. At the back again Mollema is working his way up and nearly gets taken out by Nordhaug who is signalling for a car to come up to him. 

     

  111. 13:15:07 BRT

    There were some concerns that there would be wind along the beach front but it seems calm out there. Around 10km to go before the riders hit this second and final circuit. 

     

  112. 85km remaining from 237.5km

    13:16:15 BRT

    The breakaway has managed to delay the inevitable by holding the gap to the peloton on this section of the course. The gap has been holding steady at 2:15.

     

  113. 83km remaining from 237.5km

    13:19:13 BRT

    Canada moving up to the front of the peloton. They've got Michael Woods in their team and he might be getting ready for a little dig off the front. 

     

  114. 13:23:20 BRT

    Before the riders hit the Vista Chinesa circuit, there is a small punchy climb that could be a place for an outsider to have a go. 

     

  115. 13:25:48 BRT

    The leaders turn right over the Lagoa de Tijuca and aim for the climbs. There is a sense of anticipation behind in the bunch, they know what is about to come. 

     

  116. 13:27:59 BRT

    The break is climbing again and Kwiatkowski moves to the front. He looks much more comfortable than some of his companions. Bystrom is distanced and Albasini is continuing his range of pain faces. 

     

  117. 77km remaining from 237.5km

    13:29:11 BRT

    Albasini pops now and we are down to four at the front. 

     

  118. 13:30:08 BRT

    The peloton climbing now and Wout Poels is right out the back. He doesn't look like he's going to be in contention today. 

     

  119. 13:32:30 BRT

    Bystrom back in the peloton now and he quickly moved to the back. Cummings back up front with Spain helping him out. 

     

  120. 13:33:05 BRT

    Up front, Geschke looks like he's going to be the next to go. He's dangling off the back. 

     

  121. 13:34:49 BRT

    Cummings looks like his day is done. He swings off as they hit the main climb of the day and Italy takes up the pace setting. 

     

  122. 73km remaining from 237.5km

    13:36:26 BRT

    It is actually Pantano that drops off the break group next, not Geschke. Just three out front and they've only just started this Vista Chinesa climb.

     

  123. 13:37:03 BRT

    Things go from bad to worse for Poels and he appears to have got involved in a crash. He doesn't look too badly injured, just annoyed. 

     

  124. 72km remaining from 237.5km

    13:38:56 BRT

    Two Italian riders setting the pace on the bunch. Van Avermaet is close behind. Valverde up there as is Froome, Chaves, Cancellara and Nibali. 

     

  125. 13:39:54 BRT

    Geschke blows a gasket and goes backwards as Kochetkov strikes out. No reaction from Kwiatkowski, who just continues setting a steady tempo. 

  126. 13:40:33 BRT

    Philippe Gilbert is in trouble at the back of the peloton. Edvald Boasson Hagen with him. 

     

  127. 71km remaining from 237.5km

    13:41:57 BRT

    De Marchi attacks and take Van Avermaet and Thomas with them. They pass Pantano. 

     

  128. 13:42:31 BRT

    De Marchi looks unsure, he keeps looking over his shoulder but keeps pushing on too. He's not getting any help from Van Avermaet or Thomas yet. 

     

  129. 13:43:13 BRT

    Spain has gone to the front, they can't let these three go. 

     

  130. 13:43:47 BRT

    At the front, Kwiatkowski brings Kochetkov back. He didn't panic and just reeled the Russian back in. 

     

  131. 13:44:44 BRT

    Apologies, the Italian is Damiano Caruso not De Marchi. He and his companions have 14 seconds on the bunch. The two leaders are 52 seconds ahead of the main group. 

     

  132. 71km remaining from 237.5km

    13:45:05 BRT

    Rein Taaramae has jumped the gap to the three chasers.

     

  133. 13:45:48 BRT

    Sergio Henao attacks from the bunch. 

     

  134. 69km remaining from 237.5km

    13:47:03 BRT

    Spain still refusing to send someone up the road. They keep Castroviejo on the front, drilling the pace. He's doing a solid job because he's holding the gap pretty steady around 14 seconds. He's also bringing back the two leaders slowly. 

     

  135. 13:49:55 BRT

    Big crowds cheering on the riders on this climb as Castroviejo continues to drag the bunch along. 

     

  136. 67km remaining from 237.5km

    13:52:07 BRT

    There is a small descent midway up this climb before it ramps up again for three more kilometres. From there it is a very technical descent to the bottom. 

     

  137. 13:53:48 BRT

    Reports coming that there was a controlled explosion at the finish line. There was a very loud bang around 10 minutes ago but it appears that it is all at hand. 

     

  138. 66km remaining from 237.5km

    13:55:09 BRT

    The main peloton has just 40 riders remaining. In the group is Dan Martin, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde, Richie Porte, Fabian Cancellara, Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez. No visual on any of the Dutch team just yet. 

     

  139. 63km remaining from 237.5km

    13:58:35 BRT

    The gap between the two leaders and the chasers is less than 30 seconds. The peloton is a further 25 seconds behind them. 

     

  140. 13:59:55 BRT

    Caruso is the one that is really going for it down this descent, closely followed by Thomas. 

     

  141. 61km remaining from 237.5km

    14:00:57 BRT

    The shade from the trees makes this descent pretty dark and just a little bit harder to spot the many switchbacks on the way down. This is a very technical descent. 

     

  142. 14:03:57 BRT

    Chase group remains 30 seconds behind the two leaders as they hit the bottom of the descent. Spain have thrown three riders to the front. The gap is not excessive but they're not really bringing it back either. 

     

  143. 14:04:57 BRT

    Bad news for Spain as Erviti climbs off. They need all the help they can get to bring this back. 

     

  144. 56km remaining from 237.5km

    14:06:24 BRT

    Have spotted Majka in that main peloton. He looks fairly comfortable for now. No sign of any Dutch in that group. 

     

  145. 14:07:15 BRT

    Fance also appear to be absent but there may be one of their riders at the back of this group. 

     

  146. 14:09:45 BRT

    Some good news for the Dutch, Kruijswijk is in there. We catch a sighting of him as he drops back for a drink. Romain Bardet also moving forward for France. 

     

  147. 52km remaining from 237.5km

    14:12:15 BRT

    Denmark has two riders in that group, one of which is Fuglsang. It is slowly coming back together, with the chasing group now 20 seconds up the road. The leaders are a further 28 seconds ahead. 

     

  148. 14:14:02 BRT

    Of the casing group, you would have to favour Van Avermaet in a run to the line. Thomas isn't too bad in that situation either but the Belgian should have the edge. That's easier said than done because two more times up to the Vista Chinesa is going to be leg-sapping. 

     

  149. 14:15:30 BRT

    Fabio Aru has a squeeky bum time moment when he tries to pick up a bottle from the car while going around a corner. He has to make a second go of things once they hit a straight section. 

     

  150. 14:17:01 BRT

    The chasers have a visual on the two leaders now but the peloton isn't too far behind them either. Just under 50km to go and nothing is certain, by any stretch of the imagination. 

     

  151. 48km remaining from 237.5km

    14:18:30 BRT

    Another food stop for the riders, they need plenty of fluids and food on a day like today. 

     

  152. 14:19:25 BRT

    Other riders in that main group are Serge Pauwels for Belgium and Rui Costa for Portugal. Two riders who aren't afraid of an attack. Although Pauwels won't do anything while his teammate is up the road. 

     

  153. 14:21:56 BRT

    Castroviejo is finally done after a massive pull on the front. There is a lot of looking at each other between the other nations as their is some indecision as to who picks things up. 

     

  154. 14:23:27 BRT

    Druasek takes a flyer off the front and a few riders trying to bridge over to him.

     

  155. 14:24:01 BRT

    Gilbert makes it back onto the main group but will he be able to hang on for long up this climb?

     

  156. 14:24:44 BRT

    Kwiatkowski drops Kochetkov as the pace increases in the chasing group. Kochetkov is quickly mopped up by them. 

     

  157. 14:25:24 BRT

    Fans trying to help the riders by squirting water on them but one almost takes out Van Avermaet and Thomas. 

     

  158. 46km remaining from 237.5km

    14:27:01 BRT

    It looks like Taaramae has been dropped from this chasing group as it closes in on Kwiatkowski. He is mopped up by one of the Kazakh riders who is trying to bridge across. 

     

  159. 14:29:19 BRT

    Kwiatkowski is really struggling now and he's almost back with the Caruso group. Behind them, the Durasek group is making ground. With him is Roglic, Bennett and Chernetski. 

     

  160. 45km remaining from 237.5km

    14:30:04 BRT

    Kwiatkowski is finally brought back. Henao moves to the front now as Van Avermaer struggles a little. 

     

  161. 14:30:49 BRT

    Reichenback is also in that second group on the road. 

     

  162. 43km remaining from 237.5km

    14:33:43 BRT

    Andrey Zeits is the Kazakhstan rider in that leading group. 

     

  163. 14:34:28 BRT

    The chasing group has been caught and the peloton is now just 30 seconds behind the leaders. 

     

  164. 14:35:10 BRT

    Cancellara has been distanced, as has Roche. Clarke up the front setting the pace for Australia. 

     

  165. 14:36:47 BRT

    Kwiatkowski doing well to hold onto this leading group. He's been out front for almost the whole race but he's still plugging on. 

     

  166. 41km remaining from 237.5km

    14:37:43 BRT

    The Netherland's final hope Steven Kruijswijk has blown and is quickly going backwards. That is a disaster for a team that were expected to have many options in this finale. 

     

  167. 14:38:33 BRT

    The gap is holding firm for now. 30 seconds between the leaders and the so-called peloton. 

     

  168. 14:39:32 BRT

    For the USA team, it appears Brent Bookwalter is still in the main group but he's right near the back. 

     

  169. 14:40:50 BRT

    Kwiatkowski sits up and waits for the peloton to catch him. He'll be good use for Majka if he's not too tired. Behind him, Fuglsang is on the attack. 

     

  170. 39km remaining from 237.5km

    14:41:57 BRT

    The leaders are back on the descent and it's only going to get harder as they get increasingly tired. A descent like this requires a lot of attention, which is not easy this far into a race like this. 

     

  171. 14:43:05 BRT

    10 seconds is now the gap on this descent. Sergio Henao is guiding the leaders down.

     

  172. 14:43:44 BRT

    Crash for one of the Portuguese riders. Looks like it is Oliveira. 

     

  173. 14:44:42 BRT

    A replay shows he just over-did it on a corner and hit one of the big curbs that line it. He ends up face first in the netting on the side of the road. 

     

  174. 14:44:56 BRT

    And Porte goes down. He looks in a bad way. 

     

  175. 14:45:57 BRT

    No indication as to how he went down but it looks like a similar situation to Oliveira. He looks ok but he doesn't look like he's in a rush to get moving. That is likely the end of his day. 

     

  176. 34km remaining from 237.5km

    14:46:56 BRT

    Italy has attacked on the descent. There's two of them and it looks like one is Aru. 

     

  177. 14:47:32 BRT

    The Italians have made the juncture to the leaders, as has Adam Yates. Majka is also there. 

     

  178. 14:48:11 BRT

    Nibali is the other Italian to have made it over and Fuglsang is also there. 

     

  179. 32km remaining from 237.5km

    14:49:46 BRT

    Kwiatkowski is also back in that group. Poland, Britain and Italy all have multiple riders in this move. 

     

  180. 14:50:46 BRT

    Spain has sprung into life finally. Rodriguez and Valverde are trying to jump across with Costa (I'm getting deja vu). Impey is with the trio. 

     

  181. 29km remaining from 237.5km

    14:52:08 BRT

    The Valverde group is brought back. It looks like Spain was asleep at the wheel there. Have they messed this up or can they bring it back?

     

  182. 14:52:55 BRT

    Time check has the leading group at 50 seconds ahead of the peloton as Kwiatkowski starts suffering from cramp. 

     

  183. 14:53:14 BRT

    He seems ok now but he has lost some valuable ground. 

     

  184. 14:54:17 BRT

    Fabian Cancellara is trying to utilise his time trialling skills to shut down the gap. They're running out of road though. 

     

  185. 14:54:43 BRT

    Froome is off the back of the main group. 

     

  186. 14:55:33 BRT

    Caruso is really putting the hammer down in the leading group. He's got Aru in his wheel and Nibali is behind him. Italy is working for Nibali but Aru is a good plan b. 

     

  187. 26km remaining from 237.5km

    14:56:56 BRT

    Valverde now pushing on the front as this group keeps reducing. Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems. Spain may have really messed this up. 

     

  188. 14:58:09 BRT

    Valverde is swapping on the front with Cancellara as the French start moving up. They're coming to pitch in.

     

  189. 14:59:34 BRT

    This up front look much calmer, with Caruso continuing to drive things. The gap is 40 seconds to the chasers and it is coming down. Cancellara and Valverde are doing some damage. 

     

  190. 23km remaining from 237.5km

    15:01:02 BRT

    The French have three riders, the Swiss have two. Impey is bringing teammate Meintjes towards the front. Froome is still in there sitting just behind Rodriguez. It looks like Mollema is at the back of that chasing group. 

     

  191. 15:02:03 BRT

    Caruso has pulled off, he is completely cooked, and Aru now winds up the pace. Behind, Kangert attacks and Vulliermoz tries to follow him. 

     

  192. 15:03:06 BRT

    If Kangert were to make it up, that would be the fifth Astana rider to do that. 

     

  193. 15:03:43 BRT

    Aru attacks but Zeits counters and passes him. The pace is too much for Yates who is being distanced. 

     

  194. 15:04:13 BRT

    Surprisingly, Van Avermaet is still in this group. He is a serious threat if he can keep touch. 

     

  195. 22km remaining from 237.5km

    15:04:32 BRT

    Aru now in trouble after making that attack. 

     

  196. 15:05:41 BRT

    A chase group has formed with Rodriguez, Meintjes and Taaramae and they can see Yates up front. Valverde has been dropped.

     

  197. 15:07:13 BRT

    Froome attacks from the third group on the road and distances Bardet. 

     

  198. 15:07:57 BRT

    Costa is bringing the fourth group on the road back to Froome.

     

  199. 15:08:31 BRT

    Aru continues to struggle as Majka has a dig. Nibali, Henao and Thomas stick with him. Van Avermaet is fighting to get back on. 

     

  200. 15:09:39 BRT

    Froome has joined up with Yates. They are 30 seconds behind the second group on the road, which is 30 seconds behind the leaders.

     

  201. 15:10:50 BRT

    Bardet has connected with Froome as Fuglsang joins forces with the leading group. This is poised beautifully. 

     

  202. 20km remaining from 237.5km

    15:11:53 BRT

    The pace has knocked off in the leading group and it looks like Rodriguez and Meintjes are about to join up with them. Taaramae has been dropped it seems. 

     

  203. 15:12:31 BRT

    Fuglsang on the front now, is he working for Nibali?

     

  204. 15:13:44 BRT

    Rodrigues and Meintjes are with the front group. These are the riders up front: Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium), Geraint Thomas (Great Britain), Sergio Henao (Colombia), Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Rafal Majka (Poland), Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark), Fabio Aru (Italy), Andrey Zeits (Kazakkhstan), Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain), Louis Meintjes (South Africa)

     

  205. 15:14:36 BRT

    Alaphilippe has put in a huge effort, gone past the Froome group and joined up with Kangert, who was dropped by the Rodriguez group. 

     

  206. 15:15:53 BRT

    Alaphilippe has gone again and dropped Kangert. Froome is now alone but we ave no idea as to where he is compared to everyone else. 

     

  207. 17km remaining from 237.5km

    15:16:33 BRT

    Nibali has a dig and Henao goes with him as they hit one of the very steep ramps on this ascent. Majka is chasing hard. 

     

  208. 15:17:24 BRT

    We have a time check, Alaphilippe is 25 seconds behind the three and Froome at 45 seconds. 

     

  209. 15:17:40 BRT

    Nibali attacks again and he's alone. 

     

  210. 16.9km remaining from 237.5km

    15:18:22 BRT

    Henao leads the chase and brings back Nibali. Behind Alaphilippe has joined up with the dropped riders. 

     

  211. 15:19:37 BRT

    This is far from over. There is still that very tricky descent to negotiate and a long, flat run to the line. 

     

  212. 15:20:44 BRT

    Nibali is of course, one of the strongest descenders in the peloton, so he'll be hopeful of increasing the gap once they're over the top. 

     

  213. 15:21:14 BRT

    Costa has joined up with Froome but it's going to be a tough ask to bridge over to the leaders now. 

     

  214. 15:21:51 BRT

    Alaphiliippe moves to the front of this chasing group with Van Avermaet. They're not too far behind the three leaders. 

     

  215. 15km remaining from 237.5km

    15:22:28 BRT

    The gap between the two groups is just 15 seconds. 

     

  216. 15:23:00 BRT

    Froome has now been dropped by Costa, he doesn't look like he's having a fun time right now. 

     

  217. 15:24:12 BRT

    The leaders have hit the descent and it looks like there's little more than a handful of seconds between the two groups.

     

  218. 15:24:38 BRT

    10 seconds my stopwatch tells me. 

     

  219. 15:25:25 BRT

    Kangert is still in no man's land as he crests the climb. 

     

  220. 12km remaining from 237.5km

    15:26:36 BRT

    Crash, Nibali and Henao has gone down. Majka is alone out front. 

     

  221. 15:27:40 BRT

    It was on one of those corners and it looks like Nibali was the first to go down. Henao looks to be in a lot of pain. Nibali is not going anywhere either and they're both passed by the chasing group. 

     

  222. 15:28:29 BRT

    reports coming through that Thomas has crashed as well. 

     

  223. 9km remaining from 237.5km

    15:29:01 BRT

    Thomas is sat in a gutter, his race is over. 

     

  224. 15:30:20 BRT

    19 seconds for Majka but it looks like the chasers are fighting for silver. There's no concerted chase. 

     

  225. 7.7km remaining from 237.5km

    15:30:52 BRT

    Van Avermaet tries to attack but he doesn't get very far. 

     

  226. 15:31:13 BRT

    Rodriguez is having a big discussion, perhaps he's a little annoyed they're not chasing. 

     

  227. 15:32:06 BRT

    Just 6km for Majka.

     

  228. 15:32:31 BRT

    He has 23 seconds now as Aru makes it back into this chasing group. 

     

  229. 15:33:13 BRT

    Aru quickly moves to the front and ups the pace but his dig doesn't last long. Nobody wants to work together here and Majka's gap is going out. 

     

  230. 5km remaining from 237.5km

    15:33:55 BRT

    Alaphilippe now picks it up and it is stringing out. This isn't over yet. 

     

  231. 4.7km remaining from 237.5km

    15:34:38 BRT

    Fuglsang is the next to go and Van Avermaet follows. The gap is coming down. It's just 13 seconds. 

     

  232. 15:34:50 BRT

    This is tense

     

  233. 15:35:29 BRT

    Majka is giving his all but Van Avermaet and Fuglsang are closing in on him. Alaphilippe is trying to chase them down. 

     

  234. 15:35:54 BRT

    The latest time check is now just 10 seconds.

     

  235. 3km remaining from 237.5km

    15:36:39 BRT

    Alaphilippe doesn't look like he's making any ground. The medals look like they are going to Majka, Van Avermaet and Fuglsang, but who will get what colour?

     

  236. 15:37:24 BRT

    The chasers can see Majka up the road, the Polish rider seems in touching distance.

     

  237. 2km remaining from 237.5km

    15:37:57 BRT

    Majka keeps looking over his shoulder but I'm sure he can sense the presence of the two chasers. 

     

  238. 15:38:15 BRT

    Just 4 seconds between Majka and the two chasers

     

  239. 15:38:56 BRT

    Fuglsang and Van Avermaet have made the juncture to Majka. Van Avermaet is the faster sprinter but who knows what will happen after such a tough race. 

     

  240. 15:39:06 BRT

    1km to go!

     

  241. 15:39:29 BRT

    The leaders are working together or now but for how long?

     

  242. 15:39:38 BRT

    500 metres to go.

     

  243. 15:39:54 BRT

    Fuglsang leads them onto the finishing straight. 

     

  244. 15:40:07 BRT

    Van Avermaet goes first

     

  245. 15:40:16 BRT

    Van Avermaet wins!

     

  246. 15:41:07 BRT

    Fuglsang was a close second to Van Avermaet with Majka just tapping it home for third, he had nothing left in that sprint. 

     

  247. 15:41:36 BRT

    A nice moment as Fuglsang gives Van Avermaet his congratulations. 

     

  248. 15:43:16 BRT

    Going into the race, Gilbert appeared to be the favourite for the Belgian squad but Van Avermaet rode a brilliant race. He was dropped a couple of times but he used that descent to his advantage, helping him make it back each time. He's so often been the nearly man but, this season, he really has shaken that moniker off.

     

  249. 15:43:43 BRT

    Froome finishes three minutes down with Dan Martin

     

  250. 15:45:04 BRT

    An impressive ride from Fuglsang too when it looked like he was resigning himself to working for his trade teammate Nibali. 

     

  251. 15:46:53 BRT

    Serge Pauwels crosses the line, he sees that his teammate has won the race and claps his hands. 

     

  252. 15:47:25 BRT

    I wonder if Belgium brought a few Kwaremonts just in case they might win. 

     

  253. 15:49:50 BRT

    The descent proved to be as crucial to that race as the climb up to Vista Chinesa. Had Nibali and Henao stayed upright, that group of three could well have gone to the line. On his own, a tired Majka struggled to hold off the chasers. 

     

  254. 15:50:49 BRT

    Italy looked to have set it up perfectly, with the work form De Marchi, Caruso and Aru but it came to naught. They had to settle for sixth place with Aru. 

     

  255. 15:52:24 BRT

    As well as Italy, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands will be very disappointed with today. 

     

  256. 15:53:39 BRT

    Confirmation of the top 9 today

     

    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) 06:10:05
    2 Jacob Fuglsang (Denmark)
    3 Rafal Majka (Poland) 00:00:05
    4 Julian Alaphilippe (France) 00:00:22
    5 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain)
    6 Fabio Aru (Italy)
    7 Louis Meintjes (Republich of South Africa)
    8 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhastan) 00:00:25
    9 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 00:01:47

     

  257. 15:59:46 BRT

    Van Avermaet celebrates his victory

     

     

  258. 16:04:58 BRT

    British television reporting that Geraint Thomas is receiving medical attention. He hit the deck pretty hard on that descent, although he did manage to finish the race. 

     

  259. 16:08:02 BRT

    We can expand on those results with a top 20, you can find the results, photos and report from today right here

    1 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) 06:10:05
    2 Jacob Fuglsang (Denmark)
    3 Rafal Majka (Poland) 00:00:05
    4 Julian Alaphilippe (France) 00:00:22
    5 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain)
    6 Fabio Aru (Italy)
    7 Louis Meintjes (Republich of South Africa)
    8 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhastan) 00:00:25
    9 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 00:01:47
    10 Rui Costa (Portugal) 00:02:29
    11 Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
    12 Chris Froome (Great Britain) 00:02:58
    13 Daniel Martin (Ireland)
    14 Emanuel Buchmann (Germany)
    15 Adam Yates (Great Britain) 00:03:30
    16 Brent Bookwalter (United States of America) 00:03:31
    17 Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
    18 Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
    19 Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland)
    20 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)

     

  260. 16:11:13 BRT

    The Swiss team may have left the race without a medal but Fabian Cancellara will take a big boost from his performance ahead of the time trial. He climbed very well, sticking up there until the final lap. 

     

  261. 16:29:03 BRT

     Disappointment in the end for Great Britain, who had Thomas and Yates in the main break. The latter was dropped and Thomas crashed but they're not the only team to come away from the Olympic Games road race empty handed. Spain, Italy, France all missed out on a medal too.

  262. 16:36:07 BRT

    Reports in that Porte is unlikely to race the time trial on Wednesday due to a suspected broken collarbone. Geraint Thomas has also been taken to hospital for scans after his fall too.

     

  263. 16:46:37 BRT

    That's it from us today. We hope you've enjoyed the coverage. You can find our report, results, and images right here. Join us tomorrow for complete live coverage from the women's Olympic Games road race.

     

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